Program Offering Grants and Loans for Home Accessibility and Emergency Repairs

Published on: 2012/07/04 - in Featured Releases

The Kingston-Frontenac Renovates program is offering eligible homeowners grants of up to $3500 to make their homes more accessible or interest-free loans of up to $10,000 toward emergency repairs.

“This assistance will help home-owners afford to keep their homes accessible, safe, healthy and comfortable,” says Lanie Hurdle, Commissioner of Community Services.

The funds, being offered through the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager (CMSM) serving the City of Kingston and the County of Frontenac, are being made available to homeowners who:

  • Require accessibility upgrades, such as a ramps or lifts. These applicants may be eligible for a grant of up to $3500.
  • Have homes that are at least ten years old and require emergency repairs that fall into one of the following categories. These applicants may be eligible for interest free forgivable loans up to $10,000:

– Health & Safety renovations to ensure fire safety, get rid of mold, improve water quality, etc.
– Accessibility renovations to install a lift or ramp, or make a structural change (these projects may also be eligible for grant).
– Structural repairs to ensure the integrity of a home’s roof, foundation or other supports.
– Energy efficiency installations to ensure the cost-effective comfort of a home. This would include furnace, insulation or window replacement.

Eligible applicants include persons with disabilities, seniors and family households with incomes ranging from $26,500 or less (for a one-person household) to $61,500 for households with five or more people. Funding will be allocated on a priority basis to ensure that households with the greatest need of assistance are served first. Some households of more than five people with incomes of $61,500 to $73,500 may be considered if sufficient funding is available.

Those interested in applying should contact the Housing Department at 362 Montreal St. (613-546-2695, ext. 4943) – or may view eligibility requirements and download an application online at:


Release source: City of Kingston | Photo: Wikimedia Commons